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International Relations at the Local Level in Japan: Exploring Kyushu's International Strategy

2007

In 2007, JCIE began research on the international strategy of Kyushu, one of Japan's four main islands, focusing on the relationship with its Asian neighbors in light of the proposed amalgamation of Japan’s prefectures through the introduction of a new “regional system.” Historically, Kyushu has acted as a gateway to the rest of the world for all of Japan by importing goods and culture from neighboring Asian countries and, even today, Kyushu has a rich culture and traditions that have been strongly influenced by these countries. This study aims to analyze Kyushu’s external relationships with East Asia in a variety of fields—including cultural, economic, educational, and people-to-people exchange—and articulate the future role of external exchange with neighboring countries for Kyushu. To do this, it will study the international activities carried out on an individual basis by Kyushu’s seven prefectures in a variety of fields. This study has been made possible by the generous support of Citigroup Japan.

Report on the Research Project - "Exploring Kyushu's External Relations and its Asian Strategy"

Full Report - PDF format [348 kb]

Chapters

Forward

I. Geographical and Historical Characteristics of Kyushu and its Overseas Exchanges

II. The Status of Kyushu's Exchanges with Asia

A. Overseas Economic Activity
1. Trade
2. Investment
3. Tourism
4. International Transportation Infrastructure
5. Future Trend

B. People-to-People Exchanges
1. Sister-City Exchanges
2. Civil-Sector Exchanges with Asia
3. Overseas Students and Education

C. The Main Players in Kyushu’s Overseas Exchanges at the Regional Level
1. Kyushu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry; Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
2. Kyushu Economic Federation
3. Kyushu Economy International
4. Kyushu Regional Strategic Council
5. Kyushu Tourism Promotion Organization

D. Overseas Exchanges at the Prefectural Level and their Characteristics
1. Fukuoka Prefecture
2. Saga Prefecture
3. Nagasaki Prefecture
4. Oita Prefecture
5. Kumamoto Prefecture
6. Miyazaki Prefecture
7. Kagoshima Prefecture
8. Other Cities

III. Kyushu and the Movement for Wide-Area Local Government

IV. Issues Facing Kyushu's Foreign Diplomacy and Future Prospects

V. Bibliography